Truth & Rumors > NBA

Source blames Hornets for Paul's wandering eye

Views
28502
Comments
262

08:13 AM ET 07.23 | Chris Paul may have two years remaining on his contract with the New Orleans Hornets, but his new agent, Leon Rose, is looking at ways to keep him from finishing there. Rose has had preliminary discussions with the Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks about Paul, a three-time All-Star, according to league sources. ... A source close to Paul said the point guard remains frustrated with the team???s direction. "No one from our camp has said that Chris demanded a trade," a Paul confidante said Thursday. "But they (Hornets) have not put themselves in position to win this season. We have the same team as last year, basically. The only thing that matters to Chris is winning."

The Times-Picayune

Chris Paul, Getty Images Chris Paul, Getty Images
July 23, 2010  08:27 AM ET

i'd be frustrated too the team ships guys out for nothing in return to reduce payroll, and when they do spend it's a horrible decision (okafor). as an nba fan i'd said before the league needs to find a way to get Paul to Orlando to make sweet sweet pick-and-roll music with Howard...

with all that said this demanding a trade crap by players is getting real old (jackson, turk, etc)

July 23, 2010  08:38 AM ET

Trade LeMe or I'll do a LeJames on you.

Comment #3 has been removed
July 23, 2010  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

i'd be frustrated too the team ships guys out for nothing in return to reduce payroll, and when they do spend it's a horrible decision (okafor). as an nba fan i'd said before the league needs to find a way to get Paul to Orlando to make sweet sweet pick-and-roll music with Howard...with all that said this demanding a trade crap by players is getting real old (jackson, turk, etc)

ok first of all, why would it be good for the "nba" to send paul to orlando? Anyway.

July 23, 2010  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

WTF, isn't this tampering. CP3 is still on contract but the agent gets to shop around. It's a 1 way street.

ok now put two and two together. Obviously the hornets would cry foul if Paul was seeking trade ideas, without their knowledge.

July 23, 2010  08:50 AM ET

Paul, seriously... come here bro

July 23, 2010  08:54 AM ET

If he wants to play for a contender, he should come to UT where he could come off the bench--at least when he's not injured.

July 23, 2010  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

ok first of all, why would it be good for the "nba" to send paul to orlando? Anyway.

you're telling me you honestly don't want to see this guy running the pick and roll with howard? i know i sure do, it'd be Nash/Amare version 2.0

July 23, 2010  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

you're telling me you honestly don't want to see this guy running the pick and roll with howard? i know i sure do, it'd be Nash/Amare version 2.0

No, i would not. I would like to see him running pick and pop with Dirk however. And the only reason you do is because Lebron broke your heart, and you wanna create a speed bump for the 3 cowards.

Comment #10 has been removed
July 23, 2010  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If he wants to play for a contender, he should come to UT where he could come off the bench--at least when he's not injured.

sry bro, come off the bench? Williams has NOTHING on Paul, sry to burst your bubble.

July 23, 2010  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The Hornets own his rights.

no, really? i thought the Nuggets had his rights.

July 23, 2010  09:04 AM ET

There's a revolution going on in the NBA but Stern's regime is too blind to see it. Gone were the days where owner signed one money cow to a long contract and then milked him his whole career like the Wolves did to KG. The modern NBA player is not just a selfish business man like the team owner. They will sacrifice millions for a chance to win which puts the onus on on owners to build a competetive team. However the cap makes the relentless spending needed to build a winning team almost impossible. What this does is turn away super rich people that can buy these teams from the owners that are just in it for the money. So the end result is star players stuck with owners that can't or won't spend what it takes to be competetive.

The whole cap structure is stupid. Look how Heat manipulated it to put the star players in one city. Look how Atlanta misused money by giving Joe Johnson a contract he doesn't deserver. Look how many teams refused to spend on player salary for years in hopes of getting star players on the market only to end up with nothing. I'm talking Nets and Bulls. Then you have Cuban in Dallas who will spend anything to get the stars but can't because of the cap... Bottom line is cap or no cap players just stick around teams because they are in some contract. They can decide not to play hard or fake injuries to prevent these owners from milking them. Vince Carter and Lebron has shown us the way. Bottom line is Stern need to realize times have changed. He needs to open the league up to passionate owners that can afford winning by getting rid of the cap.

Part of the reason soccer continues to enjoy a global following is the non existence of caps. Money talks... any new billionairre can take over a team and spend what it takes to win without any cap straps.

Imagine a world where Paul Allen, Cuban, Dolan, Buss and Prokhov are bidding for the ring with no restrictions. It's financial implications to player salary, cities and the competetive spirit of the game will be off the charts. Now imagine you have 10 - 15 of those owners... that will be amazing for the league.

For now its Chris Paul. In a few years it will be Rose, Derron Williams, Granger, Melo,... Grow up Stern!.

July 23, 2010  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Paul, seriously... come here bro

fortunately Paul doesn't get to choose as he's under contract, so if he's traded it'll be to the team that can put together the best package of assets.

Portland has a bunch of young guys Rudy, Batum, Bayless, Babbit, heck even maybe Oden they can offer.

Orlando has a step below pg in Nelson and a young starting caliber center Gortat, Carter's expiring

the knicks have Wilson Chandler, Curry's expiring, Randolph

Dallas Chandler's expiring, Jones, that young combo guard

July 23, 2010  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

No, i would not. I would like to see him running pick and pop with Dirk however. And the only reason you do is because Lebron broke your heart, and you wanna create a speed bump for the 3 cowards.

no the reason i do is because i saw what Paul did for Chandler and i can only imagine what he'd be able to to with Howard, it'd be good basketbal to watch....if i wanted a match for the Heat i'd be hoping for the Paul/Melo/Amare trio to form in NYC, but i forgot i was talking to a homer extreme who thinks everyone should go to Dallas

July 23, 2010  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

fortunately Paul doesn't get to choose as he's under contract, so if he's traded it'll be to the team that can put together the best package of assets.Portland has a bunch of young guys Rudy, Batum, Bayless, Babbit, heck even maybe Oden they can offer.Orlando has a step below pg in Nelson and a young starting caliber center Gortat, Carter's expiringthe knicks have Wilson Chandler, Curry's expiring, RandolphDallas Chandler's expiring, Jones, that young combo guard

dallas also has beaubois and and Butler's contract expires as well

Comment #17 has been removed
Comment #18 has been removed
July 23, 2010  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

dallas also has beaubois and and Butler's contract expires as well

To bad that the Mavs arent going to make the trade bc they will not take Okafur's bad contract back like the Hornets are going to demand if they do trade Paul.....

 
July 23, 2010  09:11 AM ET

They should definitely dump him for a scoring wing and a center and some draft picks. They have his replacement and they are definitely not going to win this year or next so load up on draft picks and younger players to grow w/ their stud guards. If they were smart they would try to make a team take Okafor or Peja in the deal.

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Clippers, Warriors exchange barbs
    Views
    761
    Comments
    436
  2. 2
    Time to penalize NHL's perennial losers?
    Views
    941
    Comments
    273
  3. 3
    Report: Raiders to release Terrelle Pryor on Monday
    Views
    1272
    Comments
    59
  4. 4
    Will NFL owners blackball Donald Trump?
    Views
    1078
    Comments
    54
  5. 5
    Packers lovers have own dating site
    Views
    975
    Comments
    45

SI.com

SI Photos